The River Severn is the longest river in the UK. From its source in the Cambrian mountains in mid Wales, it flows down through Shropshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire before – after 220 miles – eventually reaching the Bristol Channel.
In this episode of the Bristol History Podcast, Tom meets with with Nicola Haasz, who has dedicated herself to exploring, collating and informing about the many facets of the Severn – including of course Sabrina (Hafren in Welsh), her associated goddess.
Tom and Nicola discuss the origin myths of Sabrina, and the different cultural responses that the Severn has elicited throughout its history.
The Bristol police chief embroiled in corruption who died with a razor in his hand
John Henderson Watson had a long and distinguished police career and was Bristol’s chief constable for 14 years – before his career ended in scandal and his disappearance.
‘Ordinary people do extraordinary things’: exploring Caribbean history with director Tony T
Turning Point, a video installation showing at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, uses personal stories to paint an immersive picture of Caribbean life during a pivotal period in the early 20th century.
A history of Bristol’s healthcare for the working classes
It's a myth that there was little or no access to free medical care before the establishment of the NHS in 1948 – but progress was slow, unequal and sometimes grisly.
Bristol History Podcast: Bristol and the 1918 ‘Spanish’ Flu Pandemic
Arriving at the end of the First World War, the 1918 ‘Spanish’ Flu was one of the deadliest pandemics in human history, killing between 40...
40 years ago, the far right in Bristol was faced down with music, pickets and ballots
With far-right ideas on the rise again, Colin Thomas draws on first-hand accounts and archive material to tell a story from a generation ago.
Bristol History Podcast: Everyday Life in the Early Modern West Country
how much do we know about what life was like for the ordinary men and women living under Henry VIII's rule?